Here are 15 paper products you need to store for survival, please start with a few and add more as your budget allows. This is the minimum number of items we will need but let’s talk about these today. I have been thinking about what’s going on in the world, and I feel very strongly that we need to stockpile a few of these items. I remember teaching an emergency preparedness class in Salt Lake City, Utah and one of the class members mentioned she felt like I was hoarding stuff. We were talking about storing toilet paper and paper products that could be used after a disaster. I wasn’t offended and I got the giggles because probably in her eyes I am a hoarder. But I’m not a hoarder of junk only necessities I use every day. I do not like running to the store to buy toilet paper. Oh my gosh, I have to tell you this story, I was at a local store a few weeks ago and I saw this woman carrying a package of toilet paper with four rolls in it. Oh my goodness, that wouldn’t last a week at my house.
To be honest with you, I had forgotten companies sell only four rolls of toilet paper in a package. I tend to go overboard with paper products but that’s how I roll. No pun intended. I live about ten miles from any store as you probably know by now, I am not a shopper. I load up my paper products as needed. I never know when the stores may be closed and I feel at peace knowing I’m prepared with paper plates, cups, etc. Plus, when my family comes we use paper products because we have such a large family. We have been known to have 25-28 family members with friends come for a weekend and paper plates are the way to go. I have several refillable water jugs so we don’t use water in plastic bottles. Some have names or initials all over them, life is good when family comes to visit. Please watch for sales and stock up on the following paper products you need.
Paper products you need
- Toilet paper/family cloths, facial tissues Food Storage Moms Family Cloths
- Paper Plates/plastic silverware
- Paper Cups
- Paper Towels
- Washcloths or cloth diapers when the paper towels run out, I recommend these: Wash Cloth Towels by Royal, 24-Pack, 100% Natural Cotton, 12 x 12, Commercial Grade, Appropriate for use in Bathroom, Kitchen, Nursery and for Cleaning, Soft and Absorbent, Machine Washable, White Also, Costco has white washcloths pretty cheap.
- Bags: 33-gallon size,
- Baggies: these are the bread ones I buy and they’re pretty cheap, Inteplast Group IBS PB060315 Get Reddi Food & Utility Poly Bag, 6″ x 3″ x 15″, 3.5qt, 0.68mil, Clear, 1000 Bags
- Baby Wipes
- Cloth Diapers/rubber pants/diaper pins, these are essential because when the “disposable ones” are gone or sold out, you will need these: Gerber Birdseye 3-Ply Prefold Cloth Diapers, White, Pack of 10
- Menstrual Pads
- Homemade Menstrual Pads (I’m working on a post on how to make these)
Please remember this list is my suggestion to start with, please add the items you need as well. I hope my neighbors are stocking up with paper products because there is only so much toilet paper to go around! Please remember to store a lot of water, the American Red Cross recommends 1-gallon per person per day, I recommend 4-gallons of water per person per day. One idea that makes it easy to figure out how much water per person you have at a glance is to slowly purchase WaterBricks (the larger ones are 3.5 gallons). Yes, they are less than 4-gallons but you know that ONE of those is the right amount for each member of the family per day. These makes it easy peasy if you don’t have a lot of room to store water. Plus, they stack on top of each other and are easy to grab and take with you. They fit nicely behind a couch, in closets, or under beds.
Thanks again for being prepared for the unexpected. May God bless you and your family.
Water Bricks: Water Storage Containers – WaterBrick – 8 Pack Blue